From the Daily News:
Four Brooklyn hospitals are in danger of closing within a year unless the state gets help from the feds, Gov. Cuomo warned the Obama administration in a letter this week.
The state still hasn’t heard whether the feds will sign off on a waiver request from last August that would allow New York to use $10 billion of $17.5 billion in Medicaid savings it expects to achieve over the next five years to help restructure the state’s outdated health system for the poor.
Cuomo sent a letter this week to US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for quick action.
“Due to a rapid deterioration in the financial status of essential components of the health care services system in Brooklyn, if nothing is done within the next 12 months, the outcome will be disastrous,” he wrote.
Without the waiver, he said, at least four hospitals with nearly 1,000 inpatient beds and hundreds of thousands emergency room and ambulatory care visits will be in danger of closing.
Cuomo aides said the four are Long Island College Hospital, Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale Medical Center, and SUNY Downstate/Brooklyn.